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Cheltenham took its name from the River Chelt. Little is known of it, apart from that it received a market charter in 1226. It remained a small village until the discovery of mineral springs in the area in 1716. The visit of King George III with his consort and royal princesses, the spa in Cheltenham received a tremendous boost in popularity.
Cheltenham’s position as a tourist destination was further enhanced with the opening of its racecourse in 1815. Apart from horse racing, Cheltenham also has a number of light industries that include food processing, electronics and aerospace. Among the major brands with a presence in Cheltenham include Kraft Foods and Cadbury’s.
Cheltenham is noted for its Regency architecture, regarded as one of the finest examples of regency towns in England. A number of buildings in the town have been listed as of heritage value.
London, take the M40 motorway until Exit 40, then continue heading west on the A40 until you arrive at Cheltenham.
Sights & Attractions to visit in Cheltenham
- Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Museum with an outstanding collection of decorative arts, particularly from the era of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
- Cheltenham Synagogue
Synagogue dating to 1820, acclaimed as one of the best non-Anglican ecclesiastical buildings in Britain.
- St Gregory’s Church
Roman Catholic church in Cheltenham.
- St Mary’s Church
Anglican parish church of Cheltenham.